|Model||Draw Weight||Stroke||Velocity||Suggested Arrow Length||Crossbow Weight|
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|175 lbs.||14"||360 FPS|
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- Lightweight and super quiet
- Full-barrel Picatinny rail for accessories
- Smooth, wonderful trigger pull
- Only includes 3 arrows
- Short, 1-year warranty
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|Deer, Elk Hunting?|
|Moose, Bear Hunting?|
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Putting the Crossbow Together
Assembly of this crossbow is among the easiest I’ve ever experienced. All you have to do is install the cable slide and then thread the cables into the barrel track, then tighten the bolt and screw to secure the riser to the stock. Next, you install the foot stirrup, quiver, and scope. I had my Beowulf ready to shoot within 20 minutes.
Testing Power and Accuracy
The Beowulf fires arrows at upwards of 360 fps, with 115 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy behind each shot. This makes target shooting fun and exciting, since you never know just how deep you’re going to drive your arrows into the target and the backstop behind the target.
Sighting in the bow took mere minutes, since the scope was almost sighted in right out of the box. When I started testing accuracy, I was impressed at how accurate this crossbow is for such an inexpensive model. I was able to maintain 2” groupings from 50 yards, and my 20-yard groupings were so tight the arrows actually touched each other.Use our arrow ballistics calculator for more valuable information.
Ballistic Data For The SA Sports Beowulf
Your actual results will vary slightly depending on weather, and significantly with arrow weight change. See our Crossbow Ballistics Guides section for a complete understanding of how we conducted our tests and why this data matters.
How is it for Hunting?
This crossbow is amazing for hunting, because it is compact and lightweight. You’ll barely notice you’re carrying it, but I would definitely recommend investing in a padded sling to help carry it and free up your hands.
This crossbow is quieter than just about any crossbow I’ve ever used, and the power and accuracy of the crossbow make it suitable for any legal game in North America. I used it to hunt feral boars, and found it to be more than capable of dispatching boar after boar. Recocking the x-bow to take on that next boar was quiet and effortless, and I loved hunting with this crossbow. I also took the crossbow on several other hunts, and the bow never once failed to hit the mark.
I filled my freezer several times over with wild boar, deer, elk, and even black bear…all with the SA Sports Empire Beowulf!
Cocking The Sports Empire Beowulf
The fantastic cams on this crossbow make it a breeze to draw and cock, even with the 175 pound draw weight. The included rope cocking device makes the experience even better, and the string pulls back smoothly and easily until its cocked.
The safety engages automatically, and the anti dry-fire mechanism works flawlessly for each and every shot. I do recommend, as does SA Sports, using the included rope cocking device. These aren’t just for reducing the pain of drawing the crossbow, they make sure the string gets pulled back evenly and consistently.
The included scope is a 4×32 multi-reticle scope with poor light gathering capabilities but otherwise excellent performance. It sights in quickly and easily, and holds true for months of use and abuse. I found the scope to be particularly good during cold weather, as it is almost completely fogproof. Target image, when the light is good, is crisp and clear. The only drawback is that the scope is almost useless during low light conditions.See our detailed guide on how to sight-in your crossbow
The Beowulf only comes with 3 arrows, but they are decent quality carbon arrows. They shoot straight and work well for target shooting and hunting. You can use just about any 20” arrows with this crossbow, but my favorite are Firebolt arrows weighed in at 400 grain. Update: you need to use half-moon nocks for any arrows shot from an SA Sports crossbow, so make sure you buy those with whatever arrows you get (see the comments below this review for more information on this).You can also learn more about crossbow arrows and take a look at our broadhead recommendations
Safety and Design
The Beowulf is a quad limb compound crossbow, with CNC machined radical cams that offer 65% let off. The trigger assembly gives you a smooth, 3.5 pound trigger pull that breaks evenly and consistently. The lightweight high performance synthetic rear stock and barrel are well made, and the crossbow oozes quality that belies its inexpensive price. The full barrel integrated Picatinny rail is an excellent addition to an already stellar x-bow.
SA Sports offers a 1-year limited warranty on this crossbow, which is pretty short for a hunting crossbow. However, the folks at SA Sports are exceptionally easy to work with, and they offer value well beyond the warranty period.
Crossbow Review – Summary
Thanks for reading our crossbow review. The SA Sports Empire Beowulf is worthy of its name, and is an excellent crossbow for target shooting or hunting. It is well made, is backed by a wonderful customer service team, and has already filled my freezer with meat several times over. Take a look at today's amazon.com price on this crossbow and check out our top 10 crossbows rankings for more.